The longest-running drama on television turns 50 years old this year, and CBC Television is marking the occasion with a new special: Corrie Crazy: Canada Loves Coronation Street. Airing Thursday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), the special is hosted by Canadian television host, design guru and Coronation Street fan, Debbie Travis.
“I know the loyalty and devotion of Corrie fans may seem crazy to those who don’t watch the show, but like millions of Canadians, I’ve always been ‘Corrie Crazy’,” said Travis, who hails from the part of England in which the show is set. “It was an incredible experience to travel home to Manchester to talk to the people who make and star in the program.”
To explore the Canadian cultural phenomenon of Coronation Street, Travis talks to fans, media watchers, broadcast executives, and even academics who help explain the show’s overwhelming success.
“What we learn about the power and appeal of this so-called ‘soap opera’ will surprise fans and non-fans alike,” explained Travis.
In fact, even after almost 40 years on Canadian television, the show continues to attract and gain fans. Last season on CBC, Coronation Street reached more than 13.5 million Canadians, and so far this season, one in five Canadians have already tuned into Coronation Street on weekday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Corrie Crazy is produced by Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment, one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies. Since beginning operations in 1983, Force Four has produced more than 300 hours of primetime broadcast programming, earning accolades on the national and international stage.